Religion in Public is the product of collaborations between a group of scholars interested in questions about how religion and public, in all of their manifestations, mix. While we often think of public as politics, here we mean something more encompassing – social behavior, political action, and collective outcomes. This is a space to share findings that enlighten our understanding of religion in public.
Our ongoing stable of contributors includes the following, but there’s always room for more. Join us!
|Paul Djupe (PhD, Washington University, Political Science) has been studying religion and politics in the United States for over twenty years. He is the former editor of the journal Politics & Religion, is the series editor of Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics at Temple UP, is on the board of PRRI, and is the author or editor of a number of books and articles described at his website. He has also written for FiveThirtyEight, the Monkey Cage, and others. He’s on twitter.|
|Ryan Burge (PhD, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Political Science) is both a researcher of religion and politics but also a pastor in the American Baptist Church. His work has focused on tolerance, clergy political activity, the emergent church movement, and evangelicals’ use of social media. Access to his articles can be found on his website. His research has been highlighted in the Washington Post, the Corner of Church and State, and NPR-WSIU.|
|Andrew Lewis (PhD, American University, Political Science) is on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in understanding the relationship between religion, politics, and law in America. He is the author of several academic articles and has a book with Cambridge. He has also written several pieces for FiveThirtyEight and the Monkey Cage and just finished as the Book Review Editor at Politics & Religion. Visit his website for more about his work.|
|Elizabeth A. Oldmixon (PhD, University of Florida, Political Science) is professor of political science at the University of North Texas and editor-in-chief of Politics and Religion. She is formerly a Fulbright Scholar and an APSA Congressional Fellow. Her work focuses on religion and politics, the political systems in the United States, Ireland, and Israel, legislative policymaking, and LGBT politics. Visit her website for more information. You can also follow her on Twitter.|
|Daniel Bennett (PhD, Southern Illinois University, Political Science) is an associate professor of political science at John Brown University. His research focuses on the intersection of law, religion, and politics in the United States. He is the author of Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement, and has also written for Religion and Politics, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more. You can follow him on Twitter.|
|Amy Erica Smith (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science) is associate professor of political science at Iowa State University, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research examines how citizens seek representation and develop democratic orientations, with a focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. Her work has been supported by Fulbright and the National Science Foundation. Visit her website for more information, including links to blogging on the Monkey Cage and Mischiefs of Faction.|
|Benjamin Knoll (PhD, University of Iowa, Political Science) is the John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He specializes in American public opinion and voting behavior, specifically in the fields of religion and politics and race/ethnicity and politics. Along with Dr. Jana Riess, he is the co-director of the Next Mormons Survey and is the co-author of She Preached the Word: Women’s Ordination in Modern America, Oxford University Press (2018). From 2012 to 2017 he was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Professor Knoll’s website can be found here and he can be followed on Twitter at: @benjaminknoll28.|
|Melissa Deckman (PhD, American University, Political Science) is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs at Washington College and chairs the board of PRRI, the Public Religion Research Institute. Her areas of specialty include religion, gender and conservative political movements in American politics. Her latest book, Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the American Right, was published by NYU Press in 2016. You can follow more of her commentary and writing at Twitter.|
|Juhem Navarro-Rivera (Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Political Science) is the Managing Partner and Director of Political Research at Socioanalítica Research. He has worked in two of the most important surveys of religious identification in the United States, the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), and PRRI’s American Values Atlas. An expert on secularism and race, he is on the editorial board of Secularism and Nonreligion and Secular Studies. He is the co-chair of the Latinx Humanist Alliance, serves on the board of directors of the American Humanist Association, and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies. You can follow him on Twitter.|